Launching herself into the limelight as a covergirl at the age of just 16, media personality Deborah Hutton’s career has ranged from model to magazine editor-at-large to hosting roles on prime-time television; a journey that has taken her across the globe. But having recently settled into her newly-evolved, self-proclaimed “forever home” in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, it’s evident Deborah relishes her latest role – that of accomplished renovator. HB sat down for a chat with Deborah at home.
What was your brief for this home renovation?
“My brief was a timeless, classic house that looked like it been here for some time, so in 30 years it still feels beautiful.”
And what was your style starting point?
“The Hamptons was the original inspiration. And then it was sort of coastal – it was a bit Palm Beach. But I look at the home now and I think it has a Colonial influence, a little of St Barts.”
Have you renovated a home before?
“No, I renovated a bathroom – that’s it! As in, I just retiled something. I’ve never done anything like this before.”
What was the best thing about the building process?
“It was fast, efficient and fabulous! The builders worked six days [a week] and I moved to a rental home next door, so I project managed from right next door.”
How did you find the process of choosing fixtures and finishes?
“Ah look, I enjoyed some if it. I loved [some of] it, I should say! But I found some of it really tedious. There were so many details to consider and it was a bit challenging at times.”
Did you have any must-haves before you started renovating?
“Oh, absolutely! The first must-have was the ceiling detail [in the upper level living room, dining room and kitchen]. I also wanted weatherboard – to me, that is Hamptons, that says beach style.”
You have such beautiful artworks throughout your home – can you tell us a bit about your collection?
“I’ve been collecting for years. I was a bit paranoid when I was moving into this house that I wouldn’t be able to hang all that much – but, funnily enough, I managed to find plenty of wall space. There were only two pieces that didn’t really work and I’ve gifted them away.”
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